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Old 03-14-2009, 07:20 PM   #1
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'Red Baron' Nabbed In Baltimore
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 WBAL Radio as reported by Scott Wykoff

'Red Baron' Nabbed In Baltimore - WBAL Radio - wbal.com
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A Customs and Border Protection plant seed interception was confirmed on Monday as the Baltimore area’s first reported discovery of cogon grass weed seed, aka Red Baron grass seed, and just as the legendary Red Baron was a menace to allied fighters during World War I, Red Baron grass has become a despised invasive weed throughout parts of the United States.

During a routine inspection on Friday at the Baltimore seaport, CBP agriculture specialists discovered weed seeds littered among non-compliant wood packing in a container of travertine tile that arrived from Turkey. On Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture pest identifier database determined the seeds to be Imperata cylindrica, or cogon grass, a Federal Noxious Weed, and confirmed that this is Baltimore’s first Red Baron seed report.
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“This interception is a significant find for our agriculture specialists, and it further illustrates our continued commitment to protect America’s agriculture industry and our economy from invasive insect pests and plants,” said James Swanson, CBP Port Director for the Port of Baltimore. “Invasive species pose dire consequences on our nation’s economy, potentially more so than even a single terrorist act could have.”
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Wonder if they would have intercepted the 'Red Baron' if the ship's cargo was from China instead of Turkey? Things that make you go hmmmmm...
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